First, there was the post that I previously took note of highlighting the existence of a militia-right that hung out at gun shows. (Shocking!)
Here, he takes note of the fact that the Department of Homeland Security will start gathering information on "rightwing extremist activity." In describing this, Yglesias first applauds the fact, then backs off a bit and issues a challenge (emphasis added):
Without further ado. One of my favorite non-insane conservatives from WI (or anywhere), Dad29 discusses the DHS alert:
I’ll say two things about this. One is that this seems like an eminently reasonable thing to be doing. If you don’t believe that, you need to see Dave Weigel’s reporting from the machine gun show this militia stuff and Dave Neiwert’s stuff.At the same time, I think it’d be great if some non-insane conservatives were to be a bit bothered by this. Legitimate concerns about security really can serve as a cover for abuses or misconduct. This was the problem with the surveillance organized by the Bush administration, and it’s a very real problem even with Barack Obama in the White House
Paralleling the current national climate, rightwing extremists during the 1990s exploited a variety of social issues and political themes to increase group visibility and recruit new members. Prominent among these themes were the militia movement’s opposition to gun control efforts, criticism of free trade agreements (particularly those with Mexico), and highlighting perceived government infringement on civil liberties as well as white supremacists’ longstanding exploitation of social issues such as abortion, inter-racial crimes, and same-sex marriage. During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectorsDad29 has a follow-up here.
"White supremacists' .....exploitation of .......abortion"??????
Are we to understand that Wisconsin Right-to-Life or Pro-Life Wisconsin has a "white supremacist" sub-agenda? Barbara Lyons as an Aryan Nation commando?
Given that Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist/eugenecist (whose admirers included A. Hitler), and that the vast majority of their locations are proximate to minority populations, what actual, real-live "white supremacist" would object to abortion?
Dad29 hat-tips The Other McCain, and I would have quoted him, but I am not sure if he would pass the Yglesias "non-insane" standard.
Update - For those of you that couldn't tell. I think The Other McCain would be glad to have Yglesias think him crazy. Just as I am sure RSM thinks Yglesias is off his rocker much (if not all) of the time. The difference is that Yglesias thinks the government ought to stand behind him with a nice new taxpayer provided rocker to catch him as he falls.